CAAR Strategic Plan 2013-15
There are significant opportunities for CAAR to stimulate flagship programs in health and education, and trade links in food-security, resources and energy, and infrastructure.
CAAR will identify opportunities for connections between government, business and community leaders in Australia and Arab countries.
Develop flagship programs
The following example demonstrates how linked sector programs could involve people and organisations with a track record:
Flagship Health Sector partnership between an Australian and Saudi hospital
This health sector partnership addresses Saudi need and offers a high profile vehicle to promote Australian-Saudi relations. This will link to educational sector involvement in health programs and further stimulate trade links.
CAAR will facilitate a flagship program between a leading Australian hospital and a leading Saudi hospital to improve the health of Saudi Arabians:
- The partnership will be endorsed by Australian and Saudi leaders
- There will be a public announcement or launch
- Goals and milestones will be celebrated as they occur
- Opportunities for (proactive) relationship building alongside the ‘core’ health-oriented program will be maximised.
Tertiary Education program involving Australian Universities and Saudi Alumni
CAAR will encourage and assist the education sector to support the flagship health sector program and to enhance trade opportunities:
- Commensurate health-education programs will be developed for Saudi families and education institutions in support of the flagship health agenda (eg. early childhood development, trauma prevention, cancer awareness)
- Saudi alumni from Australia will be organised to support and publicise the value of the programs.
- In conjunction with Austrade, CAAR will support Australian tertiary institutions promote their degrees to Saudi international students, focusing on vocational sectors in support of trade initiatives (eg. health, food security/agribusiness, infrastructure)
- CAAR will, where possible, facilitate connections for Australian tertiary institutions to package and sell their curricula to Saudi tertiary institutions.
Foster knowledge sharing
CAAR could invite grant submissions from Australian and Saudi tertiary institutions for programs that involve collaboration on shared areas of interest, such as food-security or water management to develop solutions to shared problems.
Support a trade agenda
- Australian Universities could promote their world-class curricula (eg. Health, Earth Sciences) to Saudi Universities.
- Australian Universities could further promote their institutions to potential international students.
- CAAR will assist Tertiary institutions to promote their curricula in sectors that have the potential to increase trade links in priority sectors such as health, food-security and infrastructure.
Stimulate Embryonic Trade Opportunities
CAAR could leverage relationships with industry and government to stimulate trade opportunities and grow Australian engagement.
To the extent that resources allow, CAAR will support opportunities to expand trade links in the sectors of food-security and resources and energy in conjunction with the Australian Arab private sector as well as with Australian-Arab trade and industry groups (eg. AACCI, AGC etc…).
To the extent that resources allow, CAAR should encourage opportunities to expand infrastructure trade links in conjunction with Australian-Arab trade and industry groups (eg. AACCI, AGC etc…).
Leverage Australian-Arab industry groups
CAAR should work with Australian-Arab industry groups to foster effective trade opportunities by:
- Providing connections between Australian and Saudi business
- Providing guidance on succeeding within the Saudi business environment
- Engaging with Australian-Arab business chambers and communities of interest, including but not limited to AGC, AACCI
Stimulating trade opportunities across Arab nations
CAAR should assist Australian businesses and Saudi industry to migrate successful Australian business practices from other Arab nations into Saudi Arabia (and across to other Arab nations where opportunity exists)
Investigating and analysing opportunities for targetted programs
Research is an important input to develop a targeted program to improve cultural relations.
CAAR will establish a panel of researchers to investigate five areas of perception between Australia and the Arab world:
- Perceptions of the Arab world among Australians of Arab-descent
- Perceptions of the Arab world among Australians without an Arab background
- Perceptions of Australia, in the Arab world
- Perceptions of Australia from Australians of various backgrounds
- Educational or exchange opportunities
The research should also assess the types of cultural activities and contact between groups that increase mutual understanding and knowledge between cultures.
A significant amount of research has been conducted to date that should be leveraged to address these areas.